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 (blăk′wŏsh′, -wôsh′)
tr.v. black·washed, black·wash·ing, black·wash·es
To bring from concealment; disclose.

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vb (tr)
informal to present (someone or something) in the worst possible light
[C21: coined as an opposite to whitewash]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blackwash - an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation
calumniation, calumny, defamation, hatchet job, traducement, obloquy - a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
2.blackwash - a mixture of calomel and limewater that is used on syphilitic soresblackwash - a mixture of calomel and limewater that is used on syphilitic sores
lotion, application - liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin; "a lotion for dry skin"
limewater - solution of calcium hydroxide in water used as an antacid
calomel, mercurous chloride - a tasteless colorless powder used medicinally as a cathartic
3.blackwash - a wash that colors a surface black
wash - a thin coat of water-base paint
Verb1.blackwash - bring (information) out of concealmentblackwash - bring (information) out of concealment
disclose, let on, divulge, expose, give away, let out, reveal, unwrap, discover, bring out, break - make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"
2.blackwash - color with blackwashblackwash - color with blackwash      
color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour in, colourise, colourize, colour - add color to; "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"
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On the other hand, a few pieces illustrate a state of distress; the viewer meets hazy, disturbed lines drawn against blackwashes, rightly signifying a neurotic state of mind reached by the artist.
Indeed you could argue that throughout the 1980s and '90s England were so inept that it didn't matter who was captain - Blackwashes and Ashes humiliations were the norm.
It is payback time in spades for those two successive 5-0 blackwashes suffered by England under David Gower nearly 20 years ago but it gives little pleasure to watch such a total annihilation.